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Deputy collides with driver while responding to call

January 31, 2013 | By More

400-BLUE-LIGHTS-PATROLA St Johns County deputy was uninjured when another driver turned left in front of his patrol car this morning as he was in route to an emergency call, according to a report received by Historic City News from FHP Sergeant Dylan Bryan.

Making his way to the call at about 9:30 a.m., the 32-year-old deputy, Brandon C. Allsup of St Augustine, was traveling south on Holmes Boulevard in his county-owned 2009 Chevrolet Impala patrol car with his blue lights and siren engaged.

The other vehicle, a 1998 Saturn 2-door coupe operated by 48-year-old Lisa S. Lorenzo, also of St Augustine, was traveling south on Holmes Boulevard attempting to make a left turn onto Butler Avenue.

Trooper Zane Stephens determined from evidence at the scene that Lorenzo failed to yield to the emergency vehicle when she turned left — resulting in the collision. She was taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries; her vehicle sustained about $2,000 in damages and she was issued a traffic citation for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

The patrol car suffered about $3,500 in damages, but the deputy was uninjured.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to Trooper Stephens’ report.

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